Hail, America’s most under-rated climate risk has expanded footprint across the country + ‘staggering increase in heat deaths’. Fossil fuel and coal downturn

Hail! It’s America’s most underrated climate risk, Atlantic, February 9, 2021. (See bottom of this post) Wisconsin researchers in a new study find that over the last 40 years hail has expanded its footprint across the country and has become more frequent in the so-called Hail Alley stretching from Wyoming to Texas. Study: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this …

Gas made up 48% of power generation in TX and half was off-line. Capitalism doesn’t invest in resilience: Texas and California built different power grids, but neither stood up to climate change

Gas made up 48% of power generation in TX and half was off-line. The majority of ERCOT’s winter peaking capacity relies on natural gas-fired power, and in total gas makes up 47.45% of the grid operator’s generation footprint. At its peak, 52,277 MW of the grid operator’s 107,514 MW in installed capacity fell offline or was forced off due to …

Concept airplane could eliminate 95 percent of aviation’s NOx emissions, reducing early deaths from plane air pollution, about 16,000 per year, by 92%

Generally, the environmental cost of flying is high. At cruising altitude, planes emit a steady stream of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the troposphere, which eventually convert into ozone and fine particulates, an MIT press release noted. According to the U.S Energy Information Administration, an independent statistic and analysis organization, ozone in the troposphere is harmful to human health and adds to the climate crisis. WWF estimated …

Impacts worsening, pace of climate change and Arctic melting increasing

The year started with fires in Australia, and all year long it seemed as if areas of the globe were aflame, culminating in California’s worst wildfire season and infernos in places that rarely burned. At the same time, there were more major tropical storms in the Atlantic than ever recorded before. Last year, Hiroko Tabuchi, a climate reporter, and Jonah Kessel, a videographer, …

CO2 levels to breach 50% rise from pre-industrial era in 2021 – Met Office

Climate crisis: 2020 was hottest year ever recorded The Guardian | Damian Carrington The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic. Despite a 7% fall in fossil fuel burning due to coronavirus lockdowns, heat-trapping carbon dioxide …

Devaluing human beings and displacing the work force – big impending problems even leaders of finance acknowledge

Bloomberg Markets, Wall Street Visionaries Provide Chilling Views on Next Big Risk. We asked three executives who’ve spent their careers on the cutting edge of the financial industry what they see coming in 5 to 10 years. Here are their answers. By Sonali Basak January 12, 2021 Few predicted—and most were unprepared for—the enormous challenges that have kicked off this decade: …

Zombie mines idle cleanup while workers suffer in limbo

https://publicintegrity.org/environment/while-zombie-mines-idle-cleanup-and-workers-suffer-in-limbo/, excerpt 2020 U.S. coal production has fallen by a third in the past decade, and temporary cessation has emerged as an escape route for cash-strapped owners. One in five non-abandoned coal mines now sits idle. Hoops’ companies have idled coal operations more often and for longer than nearly anyone, and the Blackjewel and Revelation bankruptcy proceedings offer a master …

Faster melting, hotter temperatures predicted in new climate models

15 December 2020, Carbon Brief, New climate models suggest faster melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet AYESHA TANDON Greenland’s vast ice sheet could melt faster than previously thought over the 21st century, according to a new study. The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest mass of ice on Earth, holding enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres. …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …